Dr. Joyce Brothers, Popular Psychologist, Dies
05/13/2013 AT 06:35 PM EDT
Joyce Brothers, the popular psychologist, columnist, and media personality, has died. She was 85.
Longtime publicist Sanford Brokaw says Brothers died Monday in New York City.
With a doctorate from Columbia University, she was a pioneer of the television advice show.
Her celebrity took off in 1955 after she entered a television quiz show called The $64,000 Question. She became the only woman to ever win the show's top prize.
In a broadcasting career spanning four decades, Brothers hosted syndicated radio shows, dispensing advice to callers. She also appeared – usually as herself – on dozens of TV programs, from Saturday Night Live to CHiPs, and several movies.
She also authored best-selling books, including What Every Woman Should Know About Men in 1982 and Widowed, a 1992 book inspired by the death of her husband of 40 years, internist Milton Brothers.